Garlic-Thyme Roasted Chickens


Roast two chickens, not one. It takes about the same amount of time and you can pop the second chicken in the fridge to use over the next few days. Your future self will thank you for skipping a trip to the store to grab a rotisserie bird—saving you not only time but at least 50 mg of sodium per serving, depending on where you get yours from.

Garlic-Thyme Roasted Chickens
Photo: Eva Kolenko
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins


  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 4- to 5-pound whole chickens, giblets removed

  • 1 lemon, halved


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place a wire rack on top and coat it with cooking spray.

  2. Mix thyme, garlic, oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the mixture all over the chickens, under the skin and over the breast and thigh meat. Place 1 lemon half in the cavity of each chicken. Place the chickens, breast-side up, on the prepared rack, preferably not touching each other.

  3. Roast the chickens for 45 minutes.

  4. Reduce oven temperature to 425°. Rotate the pan from back to front and continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of a thigh without touching bone registers 165°F, 10 to 15 minutes more. (Be sure to check the temperature of each chicken. One might be done before the other.) Transfer to a clean cutting board; let rest for 10 minutes before carving.

To make ahead

Refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

209 Calories
10g Fat
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 209
% Daily Value *
Protein 28g 56%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Vitamin A 72IU 1%
Sodium 324mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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